A mixed-methods approach was adopted in this 8-phase study. Phases I and II explored the existing literature on graduate employability skills (GESs) and existing E-learning material supporting GESs. To ensure a user-centric app design, Phase III comprised data collection from the stakeholders (students, academics and employers) via interviews, focus groups and a survey to gain a holistic understanding of user requirements for the GES-App. Analysis of this qualitative and quantitative data has informed the iterative process of App design and content development during phases IV-VII of the project.
The reviewed literature has finalized a typology of employability skills classified across:
(i) Hard Skills,
(ii) Organizational Skills,
(iii) Communication & Interpersonal Skills,
(iv) Personal Skill, Values and attitudes, and
(v) general workplace skills; In-depth review of the existing apps and digital resources has confirmed absence of a Learning resource this project is offering.
The user-centric app design has outlined the key components of the app’s content and functionality. Currently, the project is developing activities to allow users to track the progress of their skills development and set targets based on their dream jobs. App’s prototype has been developed in the FIGMA prototyping tool and is currently entering the user testing phase.
Implications and Value:
It is hoped that the GES App will contribute to enhanced potential for the continuous development of GESs, with students gaining more awareness of their abilities and taking responsibility for planning their professional development to achieve success and satisfaction in their careers. It could potentially increase their career mobility and resilience in the global employment market and contribute to the European economy. The GES App and support materials will provide a very valuable downloadable resource for careers guidance and academic employability practitioners in HE institutions across Europe.
|Title of host publication||INTED2022 Proceedings|
|Place of Publication||Valencia|
|Publisher||International Academy of Technology, Education and Development|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 7 Mar 2022|
|Event||16th International Technology, Education and Development Conference - Online Conference |
Duration: 7 Mar 2022 → 8 Mar 2022
|Name||IATED Conference Proceedings|
|Conference||16th International Technology, Education and Development Conference|
|Period||7/03/22 → 8/03/22|
- graduate employability skills
- learning employability skills
- transferrable skills